What is the significance of the following characters in To Kill a Mockingbird: Scout, Atticus, Jem...
... Mr Ewell, Dill, Miss Maudie Atkinson, Calpurnia, Aunt Alexandra, Mayella Ewell, Link Deas, Mrs. Dubose, Heck Tate, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Dolphus Raymond.
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SCOUT. She serves as narrator and protagonist. Her loss of innocence is a key theme of the novel.
JEM. As Scout's older brother, he serves as her companion. Jem's growth into adolescence causes him to drift apart from Scout a bit by the end of the novel.
ATTICUS. The conscience of Maycomb, Atticus serves as the role model not only for his children but also for everyone else in the town. He is one of literature's most famous attorneys.
BOB EWELL. Bob is the dastardly villain of the novel: a drunken, racist, vengeful man who is perfectly willing to take out his anger on children and women.
DILL. Dill is one of the human mockingbirds of the story--the best friend of Jem, Scout's fiance, and a storyteller of renown. However, his parents have no time for him, creating a sadness in the boy that grows as the story evolves.
MAUDIE ATKINSON. Longtime friend, neighbor and supporter of Atticus, and a loyal adult friend to his children.
CALPURNIA. The Finch's maid, she is considered a member of the family by Atticus.
AUNT ALEXANDRA. Atticus' stuffy sister, she comes to stay with the Finch family during the Tom Robinson trial and never leaves.
MAYELLA EWELL. The woman who falsely accuses Tom Robinson of rape, she actually lures Tom into her home and kisses him. She is a lonely, pitiful woman who, in spite of her terrible crime, nevertheless is a sympathetic character.
LINK DEAS. A relatively minor character, he is Tom's (and his wife's) boss who speaks up for Tom in court.
MRS. DUBOSE. A mean old woman, it is revealed that her bad moods are caused by her desire to rid herself of her longtime morphine addiction. She dies drug-free after Jem has been forced to visit her each day, reading by her bedside.
HECK TATE. The town sheriff, Heck is not remarkable, but he makes a wise decision at the end of the novel, saving Boo Radley from the publicity of an investigation following the death of Bob Ewell.
MR. UNDERWOOD. The town newspaper editor, he hates Negroes, but he is ready to defend Atticus and Tom when the lynch mob arrives at the jail.
DOLPHUS RAYMOND. A wealthy white man who lives with his Negro mistress, Raymond is one of Maycomb's most unusual characters. He befriends Scout and Dill during the trial and reveals his secret about the bottle-in-the-bag.
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